Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to Use Baking Soda for Acne Scars

Acne scars can sometimes be even more of a pain than acne itself.  The scars and hyperpigmentation left behind by acne is unsightly and can last for months.  If you are an acne sufferer, it is extremely important to note that picking at your acne or popping your pimples can actually worsen the scars and hyperpigmentation.

If you're looking for a natural and safe way to treat the unsightly scars that acne can leave behind, you might want to check your kitchen cabinets for a box of baking soda.  Baking soda doubles as a exfoliator and a skin lightening agent.  Using baking soda once or twice a week can greatly reduce your acne scars and hyperpigmentation, reducing the redness and shortening the time that it takes for the scars to fade completely.  Exfoliating is a key component of getting rid of acne scars.  Using baking soda as an exfoliator helps get rid of dead skin cells and promotes new skin cell growth.  Baking soda also works to lighten the bright red scars left behind by acne.  Here are a few ways you can utilize baking soda to treat your acne scars:
  • To make a baking soda face scrub, simply mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water.  Gently massage the skin for 30 seconds and then rinse with warm water.
  • Baking soda toner can be made by mixing 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.  Apply the toner after cleansing the face and allow it to soak in for 3 minutes, then rinse.
  • You can also use baking soda as a mask.  Simply mix baking soda and water until it reaches a thick paste-like consistency and apply to the face.  Do not leave on for more than 10 minutes.